Well, Dear Readers, I am now able to share with you some of the joy, excitement, and the fun times with our grandson, Nolan John, these past months. I am still learning the inner workings of this BLOG, so do be patient. And enjoy!
Here follows a few images and comments of an historical event for us here in the Seattle area, particularly Lakewood-University Place, Washington. With the generous assistance of my friend, Dave Schwartz, an excellent golfer, by the way, we visited the U.S. OPEN at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Well, I got carried away! My bride, Alice, graciously and generously, volunteered at the U.S. Open each day of the tournament. David and I could only take the event two days. (A difficult course for walking or climbing.)
While I'm here, I might as well include some golf images through the years. So, here goes;
Indeed, I have returned to my BLOG after a rather lengthy absence. All I can say right now is I am glad to be back. Of especial note right now is my grandson's appearance here just thrills me and my Alice! Here are some images for you to peruse.
There is a certain sadness in this writer, and this post is presented (after a long absence) inspired by remembering my late father-in-law. I hope to return to my blog in the coming days, even if just to relate some memorable times with "Jimmy". So, dear reader, do check back to this site.
Oh, but summers in the North West are really fun times for just about everyone. Even as I write this entry while basking in the cold, wet, rainy Winter.... it's the memories that sustain me, really. So, let's see if I can import some favorite summer scenes here.
Cannon Beach, Oregon!
In fact, this past summer saw us visiting the fabulous 'haystack' rock twice. Family memories, especially fun times really do last a lifetime. We first visited this real special part of Oregon back in 1989. Our boys were pre-teens. Going back this past summer...priceless!
This last entry is my son this past Spring in Dallas, Texas.
Images over the decade (that's a long time even when you are having fun).
Memories are good. Good memories are even better. (Editor's Note: My blogging efforts are really rusty! While I stayed away from my blog, my skill level at posting images suffered. I'm sure there are friendlier blog sites -- mine's is at least 10 years old!
Still, my family and friends bless me with their smiles, their lives, their interests. My sons, especially enrich me, smile at me often, their visits are never long enough. The real constant, of course, is my Alice -- ever the loyal companion. Thanks, Dear!
Yes, I have been distracted from my duties with the blog. One cannot predict daily events, activities, distractions, and, yes, even one's health. Yet, through all that, I always long to get back to my blog. In a peculiar way, it does reflect me, really. For example, I do enjoy reading -- especially history, mystery novels, court cases, and many other subjects. Yes, I try to stay tuned to all news issues--politics, candidates, parties. So, as you can surmise...I am busy. Now, I need to post some interesting images that really bless me every day. The order each appears is quite random.
It is apparent to many of my readers that my schedule at posting on my BLOG is not regular and consistent. Do forgive me as I attempt to adjust my schedule and my effort to enhance/improve my postings.
Here is an image of the World War Two memorial on opening day! I was determied to visit this monument to the "Greatest Generation", take in all the beauty and honor it represents.
Recent events of past weeks bring this image to mind. In commenting on it now only increases my heart-rate, which raises my anger. Honoring one's past, I think, insures future success, growth, political freedoms. Ignoring one's past....well, you complete the thought.
Of course, visiting the site of America's greatest tragedy, juxtaposed with the WW2 memorial... well, the contrast begs the question whethe we are prepared, determined, focused, or just existing. What sayYOU?
Is this man handsome, or what? Jimmie always stood out with his 'Kapper 'n Kapper' styles. He bragged often about his excellent taste in attire and shoes -- in the privacy of his home on Central Park Avenue, he was known as a clothes hound, really. He would enlist me to accompany him on a trip to downtown Chicago so could shop for special attire -- he insisted that only certain salesmen were to assist him in his shopping efforts. When we loaded the trunk of his big Buick Limited 225, the trunk lid barely shut. Next we knew, I was accompanying him on a quick trip to Jackson/Clinton, Mississippi, then a jump over to New Orleans, then Crossett, Arkansas. What a guy!